November 9th 2009 - Buddha's Descent to Earth

duchenThis coming Full Moon on Monday Nov 9th, 2009 commemorates Buddha’s agreement to the Deva’s request to descend from the Heavenly Realms of the 33, to return to Earth to continue teaching the Dharma. In a week’s time, at the last quarter moon on November 9th, we celebrate the actual descent as being one of the four most important days in the Buddhist calendar. This ability to move between spheres is not currently confined to the Buddha.


Chinese Manifestations of Tibetan Buddhas - Chenreziq

kuanyin_00One of the most wonderful dimensions of the Mahayana Tradition of Buddhist practice and teaching are the different manifestations of Buddha’s Qualities of compassion and wisdom. These emanate as different Buddha deities. The form, appearance, costumes, mudras, implements and jewellery of these Buddha deities differ quite considerably under Chinese & Tibetan Buddhism. Chinese & Tibetans follow the Mahayana tradition and we bring you images of five of the more popular Tibetan Buddha deities in their Chinese manifestation.


The Inspiring Story of Choden Rinpoche

chodenChoden Rinpoche of Seraje Monastery, one of the highest lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist Traditon was virtually unknown outside Tibet until 1985. He did not escape from his country after the Chinese takeover in 1959 nor was he imprisoned. Instead, he lived in a house in Lhasa, never once leaving his small, dark room for nineteen years, even to go to the toilet, and never cutting his hair and beard.


Bodhgaya - Place of Buddha's Enlightenment

bodhgayaBodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained Enlightenment . It is in the state of Bihar in India and it contains the Mahabodhi Stupa with the diamond throne and the holy Bodhi Tree. Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha-to-be, had been dwelling on the banks of the Nairanjana River with five ascetic followers for six years practicing austerities. Realising that austerities could not lead to realisation he abandoned them. His companions disgusted at his seeming failure, deserted him and left for Sarnath. He then moved to the village of Senani where he was offered rice milk by a Brahmin girl, Sujata. Accepting from a grass-cutter a gift of kusha grass for a mat, he then took a seat under a Bodhi tree facing East. He resolved never to rise again until Enlightenment was attained.


18 Ways to Create Good Karma

karma_200In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma, explains that 'for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according to whether its cause was beneficial or harmful, to others and oneself'. A beneficial event is motivated by the thought of benefiting others while craving, resistance or delusions usually motivate a harmful event. Events are not beneficial in themselves, but becomes so by virtue of the mental thoughts that accompany the action.


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